Our organic gardens have been created and cared for by our dedicated team of volunteer gardeners, some of whom have been working here since the museum’s opening in 1977. All of the gardens are beautiful spaces that invite contemplation and are full of ideas and inspiration:
Cherry Tree Cottage Garden is a traditional garden with its vegetable patch and herb garden, compost heap, privy, scarecrow and cinder paths.
The Wildlife Garden is full of ideas for plants to grow which will attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife.
The Farmhouse Garden is planted in the traditional style with roses, lavender and herbs.
The Dyer’s Garden features plants traditionally used to create dyes for colouring cloth.
The Smallholder’s Garden is used to grow a wide variety of fruit and vegetables for the farmhouse kitchen.
A mini world of adventure and a chance to say ‘thank you’
In 2012, we officially opened our newly refurbished courtyard garden, close to the Learning Centre, and took the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Gressenhall Gardening Volunteers.
A new ‘Paper Handkerchief’ tree was planted to acknowledge this support – a reminder of all those hot foreheads that have been wiped when working in the gardens!
Part of this garden was specially designed for our younger visitors – the Children’s Curiosity Corner. With its snaking path and bushy planting it is the ideal location for a wildlife adventure – come and see what you can find!
The redevelopment of this garden was made possible thanks to the generous contributions of the Friends of Gressenhall and a number of local firms who donated plants and materials. The work was completed as part of our Skills for the Future project.
Our beautiful Wildlife Garden
Exciting changes have taken place within the Wildlife Garden at Gressenhall.
The Friends of Gressenhall were awarded £9,670 from the Big Lottery’s Awards for All fund, as well as raising an additional £3,000 to completely renovate this area.
The new garden was designed to attract more wildlife to the area as well as providing ideas on how you can do the same at home. A beautiful and bespoke wrought iron fence now encloses a new pond and bog garden, which has proved to be a popular home for newts and toads. The garden itself is now well-established, and is often a buzz with bugs and beasties. Let us know what you see in the garden when you visit!